Happening Today: Flynn, Travel Ban, Skin Care, McDonald's, Pally, Crayon Day

What to Know

  • Michael Flynn said he is willing to be interviewed about the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia in exchange for immunity
  • Taking a hot shower could actually be harming your skin, according to dermatologists
  • McDonald's said it will swap out frozen beef patties for fresh ones in its Quarter Pounder burgers

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Flynn Asks for Immunity, Says He 'Has a Story to Tell'

Michael Flynn, former national security adviser in the Trump administration, told the Senate Intelligence Committee he is willing to be interviewed about the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia in exchange for immunity, a Congressional official told NBC News. The committee focused squarely on Russia as it opened a hearing on attempts at undermining the 2016 U.S. presidential election. A discussion between Flynn and the House and Senate Intelligence Committees has taken place but Flynn refuses to comment on the details, according to a statement from Flynn's counsel Robert Kelner. In a statement, Flynn's lawyer, Robert Kelner, confirmed discussions had taken place with the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, and said "General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it."

Trump to Tackle Trade Abuses, Deficit, Administration Officials Say

President Trump is expected to sign a new executive order, top administration officials said. They are intended to identify countries the White House considers to be big cheaters in trade deals with America, NBC News reported. The order will call on the Commerce Department and the U.S. Trade Representative to determine trade abuses that contribute to the U.S. trade deficit. Commerce secretary said the administration will use the report when it is finished in 90 days as a "basis for decision making." The president had made campaign promises to make changes to trading, voicing criticism of the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada and citing statistics about falling manufacturing numbers.

Injured American 'Getting Strong Every Day' After Attack, Family Says

The family of the American woman seriously injured in last week's London terror attack said she is "getting stronger every day," NBC News reported. Melissa Cochran's family members shared photos of her continued recovery on their GoFundMe page. One photo showed Cochran on crutches in a London hospital. Another post showed Cochran on her phone surround by family. Cochran was in London with her husband, Kurt, celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. Kurt was killed in the attack, along with two other civilians and a police officer.

Trump Administration to Appeal Judge's Ruling Blocking Travel Ban

The Trump administration filed a notice with a federal court in Hawaii that it will appeal the judge's ruling, which bars enforcement of the president's revised executive order on immigration and refugees. A day earlier, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii handed the government its latest defeat by issuing a longer-lasting hold on Trump's executive order. Watson's decision came after the Department of Justice argued for a narrower ruling covering only the ban on new visas for people from six Muslim-majority countries. The department urged the judge to allow a freeze on the U.S. refugee program to go forward. Government attorney Chad Readler said halting the flow of refugees had no effect on Hawaii and the state has not shown how it is harmed by the ban. Watson disagreed.

How to Take a Shower, According to Dermatologists

We love a restorative shower for its day-starting, head-clearing, muscle-relaxing power. But that long, hot shower that starts your day might not be doing your skin any favors. Too much hot water can actually be bad for our bodies, experts in hair and skin care told NBC News. Several dermatologists were asked to weigh in on the definitive way to take a shower. Hot water strips away natural oils and damages the skin faster, so stick to a lukewarm or cooler shower. How often you should shower depends on your activity level — our experts say there's no hard-and-fast rule. But if you're not active, you can cut back to a few times a week.

McDonald's Moving to Fresh Beef in Some Burgers, Fast Food Giant Says

Coming soon to McDonald's: Fresh beef. The restaurant said it will swap frozen beef patties for fresh ones in its Quarter Pounder burgers by sometime next year at most of its U.S. locations. It's a major change for McDonald's, which has relied on frozen beef for more than 40 years. Employees will cook up the never-frozen beef on a grill when burgers are ordered. The world's largest hamburger chain for some time has been attempting to improve its image as more people shun processed foods. It has tinkered with its recipes, removing artificial preservatives from chicken McNuggets and eliminating high-fructose corn syrup from its buns. Big Macs and hamburgers will still be made with frozen beef.

'Happy Endings' Star Busted on Drug Charges, Officials Say

Actor Adam Pally, perhaps best known for his starring role as Max Blum in the short-running sitcom "Happy Endings," was arrested in Hell's Kitchen for alleged possession of pot and cocaine, police say. The 35-year-old Pally faces a criminal possession charge for the cocaine and a possession of marijuana count. A court date is set for June. Most known for his two-year "Happy Endings" stint from 2011 to 2013, Pally also plays Dr. Peter Prentice on Hulu's "The Mindy Project" and stars in "Making History" on Fox. Film credits include "Iron Man 3" and "Dirty Grandpa."

Crayola Announces Color Retirement Ahead of Crayon Day

Ahead of National Crayon Day on Friday, Crayola announced the dandelion color would be taken out of circulation. Crayola said earlier it would mark National Crayon Day by retiring one of its colors. Crayola originally planned to announce which color is being retired on a Facebook live stream, but on Twitter, the company wrote: "Our beloved Dandelion decided to announce his retirement early! There’s no taming an adventurous spirit!"

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